A sheriff from the Ozarks has been nominated for the 2010 America's Most Wanted All Star Award.

Baxter County, Arkansas Sheriff John Montgomery nomination from a local resident was made in recognition of his innovative use of technology in the apprehension of wanted persons, in crime prevention, and in the area of public safety.

The Sheriff's nominator praised him for designing and implementing the Sheriff's Office web site, which automatically notifies members of the public with email alerts in many areas. These include alerts involving Registered Sex Offenders who move into Baxter County neighborhoods, public notices of persons placed on the Most Wanted section of the web site, and breaking news alerts.

The Sheriff's Office web site, which went online in November, 2007, averages about 75,000 visitors per month, and surpassed one million visitors last year. Since its implementation, over 600 persons appearing on the Most Wanted page have been arrested or turned themselves in. The Baxter County Sheriff's web site has been used as a template for at least nineteen other Sheriff's Offices in Arkansas and in seven states.

Sheriff Montgomery is the Legislative Chairperson for the Arkansas Sheriff's Association and is a member of the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District, as well as being a member in several local organizations. The Sheriff has also been recognized for his public service accomplishments. These include receiving the 2006 Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce Presidential Award and the 2009 Morgan's Choice Award from the Attorney Generals Office for his efforts in the protection of children.

The nominee who receives the most votes will be selected for the 2010 All Star Award. Please show your support for Sheriff Montgomery and the Baxter County Sheriff's Office by casting your vote online today at 'Allstar-John Montgomery', or go to the Americas Most Wanted Website, www.amw.com/allstars. The winner will receive a cash award.

Sheriff Montgomery says if he wins, the funds will be used to provide exercise equipment and set up an exercise room for employees in a section of the old jail. You may cast one vote per day by using any email address or multiple email addresses that you have.

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